November – December 2016 Empties: Make-Up, Hair, and Skin Care!

Here we are at the end of the year and I have more garbage (oops, empties) than usual. There were a couple products in this group that I just had to get rid of since they were so old. Other than that, I seemed to have gone through quite a few things. So, let’s get on with this, shall we?

The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Toner: Oh hey, no surprise here. Still works great. As always, I’m annoyed with the powder shit they put in this. I see no point to it and I don’t shake it enough for it to disperse into the toner. Other than that, totally love it. Well, I guess I totally love it anyway since I’ve been using it for nearly a decade.

The Body Shop Tea Tree Facial Wash: Again, a great face wash that I will continue to buy… once my current hoard runs out.

Clean & Clear Morning Burst Facial Scrub: I had ran out of my usual Avon scrub so I picked this up at Shoppers. I like the Avon Clearskin scrub better for removing all the skin off of my body since it’s super sandy and super effective. This Clean & Clear scrub had these gentle “bursting beads” that didn’t scrub anything. On the other hand, I felt that my skin was clearer? I didn’t hate it. I might repurchase to use when I don’t need a rough exfoliation.

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Eye Roll-On: I believe this is my second one of these. I don’t know if it did anything for me, but I love the feel of those roll-on eye creams. Did I repurchase a third one? Nah, I moved on to one of those Luna ones, but I still recommend this Vichy one.

The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil: Will always purchase this. I can’t remember if I told this story or not, but I picked up some pure tea tree oil at Shoppers Drug Mart. It was a larger bottle for less than what the Body Shop charges. I tried using it on my face one day before work and dang did it ever stink. As I continued getting ready, I noticed the smell wasn’t going anywhere. See, the Body Shop tea tree oil doesn’t smell great, but the smell is gone shortly after you use the product. Real, honest 100% tea tree oil lingers. And lingers. I had to re-wash my face and get ready all over again. Life is hard.

Naturally Upper Canada Argan Sea Salt Body Butter: See Hoser, months later and I DID use up and like this! My best friend gave me some moisturizers and hair products a few months back, including this body butter. I kept it on my night table and used it before bed. It’s a really nice, thick body butter. I liked the smell, too! Luckily she also brought over a Whipped Hand Repair Balm from the same company, so I don’t miss it too much.

Luna Sleeping Night Oil (two samples from Sephora): Ohhhh the Luna Sleeping Night Oil. I balked at the price, which is why I asked for a sample of it at Sephora (twice) before picking it up during the VIB sale. Is it worth it? I’d say so. My pores look much smaller and my skintone looks a lot more even to me. Or maybe I’m willing my skin to look better because this is stupid expensive. WHO KNOWS.

Avon Moisture Therapy Dry Lip Ointment SPF 15: This is a great lip balm, but I wish it were available in stick form. Or maybe it is. My mom keeps buying these and then dumping them on me. I don’t mind at all! Very moisturizing and the SPF is a nice touch for those rare occasions when I’m in direct sunlight.

Lancome Grandiose Mascara: This is a great mascara with a cool “swan neck” wand that helps to reduce the amount of mascara I end up getting all over my eyelids. I mean, I still get a lot of mascara all over myself, but the wand greatly reduces it.

Everyday Minerals Base in Rosy Beige 3C: Formerly Fair-Medium. You guys have seen enough of these from me, but here’s yet another one. The only foundation I’ve used and will likely continue using. Very buildable and the matte formula stays matte on my face.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Soft Brown: I’ve gone through many of these. I’ve largely switched over to the NYX version, but I still had a couple left in my stash. Love the little brush at the end and I love how thin the brow pencil end itself is. Buildable colour, so I can adjust as I dye my hair darker.

Sephora 10 HR Wear Perfection Foundation in Light: This sample came on a card with two others that I gave to my non-albino best friend. I got 2-3 uses out of this as a concealer. Medium coverage, easily blendable, goes on smooth.

Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Peach Parfait: I managed to finish one of these a while back. It’s a nice, moisturizing lip butter with a hint of colour, but I just can’t do the glittery/shimmer anymore. If I had this colour and it was a plain crème or wash of colour or something, I’d still hang onto it (it may be a bit older than I’d like to admit), but it doesn’t, and I haven’t worn it in a long time, so it’s gotta go.

C.O. Bigelow My Favorite Night Balm: I’ve been using this forever and I think this tube just happens to be a little too old. It smells and tastes off to me, so I’m saying goodbye for now. A nice, heavy balm for night time. I’m just using the Avon one at night for now, but this C.O. Bigelow one is much more effective and stays on much longer.

Batiste Dry Shampoo Ella Henderson Sweet & Seductive: I picked this up at Shoppers just because I thought with the darker can that it’d be for darker hair. Not the case. The darker can just means it STINKS like death and baby powder. It’s what I imagine President Snow from the Hunger Games smells like. It ain’t cute. Worked the same as regular Batiste, but egads. Avoid.

Alterna Caviar CC Cream: I love, love, love this. And yes I hacked the tube open so I could get more out of it. This was a Sephora 100 point sample that has lasted me a long while. I have one more sample of this, and then if I don’t end up with more samples, I plan on purchasing this. But I also plan on hoarding samples of it so I don’t have to. I use a nickel-sized amount on towel dry hair before I blow dry. It makes my hair soft and shiny and takes care of most of my fly-aways.

Joe Fresh Cotton Pads: Of course I need to show these to you. Look how riveting! So riveting in fact I went through TWO packages. Not sure how that happened, but there you go.

What products have you been happy to have used up lately?

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